A 12-bore boxlock, by Thomas Wild, the beautiful action engraved with acanthus leaf and much foliate-scroll in diamond lozenges, the fences with exquisite scroll engraving, underside also engraved, the original steel barrels polished, a classic double-trigger and well-figured walnut stock.
The records tell us that this was ordered on 2nd May 1929 by a C.R. Allen. The actioner for this gun at Thomas Wild was a man named Pessius.
Thomas Wild is just one of the names that this business has carried over the years. The earliest was Benjamin Watson 1723-1777. Thomas Wild was the son-in-law of Benjamin Watson’s grandson.
A rare 12-bore boxlock, by Vickers Armstrong Limited, the superb bright plain action with some delicate border engraving and ‘Vickers Armstrong Limited’ engraved within a wheat shield scroll, plain robust fences, the barrels polished in their original steel finish, a classic double trigger and figured walnut stock.
Vickers Armstrong Ltd was part of the famous Maxim Gun Company, very few guns were made under the name of Vickers Armstrong Ltd. Records show that this gun was made between 1932-38.
A commanding 12-bore boxlock, by W.W. Greener, the beautiful scroll-back action with cross-bolt engraved with foliate-scroll, the typical Greener side safety with SAFE in gold, classic double-trigger, well-figured stock with Prince of Wales grip.
The Greener business began in 1829 when William Greener left Manton gunsmith and set up on his own in Newcastle. When breechloading arms were invented, his son William Wellington Greener saw this as the future and split from his father and set up in 1855 eventually moving to London. This sporting arm featured here was a product of William Wellington Greener (W.W. Greener). This Facile Princeps model with its side-safety was his most famous work.The original proof marks showed that this was proved in Birmingham from 1904-1925.